The local government of Aklan believes that the COVID-19 vaccine will cure Boracay’s tourism pandemic woes.
The launch of the COVID-19 vaccine campaign in the Philippines has been described as the light at the end of the tunnel for everyone—especially the tourism sector, whose businesses have been slowed by the pandemic. In Boracay, tourism associations are hoping that the vaccination plan by the national government will hasten economic recovery in the world-famous tourist destination. Read on to learn more about the status of the vaccination plan in Boracay.
The island is presently open to domestic travelers, but for tourist spots in Boracay to welcome international tourists, hospitality employees on the island need to be immunized. To achieve this, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores made an advance request for 40,000 vaccine doses for the tourism sector under his vaccinaton plan in Boracay. Although the national government prioritizes the immunization of medical frontliners, essential workers, and the elderly, the governor expressed his confidence that employees working for the tourism in Boracay will be next on the list.
Miraflores also asserted that the tourist workers play an important role in reviving the economy, which has been damaged since the global pandemic hit the country in early 2020. As such, those working in the tourist attractions in Boracay need protection through the vaccine to boost their immune system and mental and emotional core. This will enable them to continue operating amid the pandemic. This message was also emphasized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Meanwhile, the DOT recognized COVID Task Force Chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. for accepting their appeal to add the country’s tourism frontliners to the vaccine priority group. As of writing, there is no news from the national government if the 40,000 doses of Chinese-made Sinovac vaccines or any other types of vaccines will be allotted to Boracay tourist workers.
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All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH, and the official websites of the local government in Boracay or the department of tourism in Boracay.
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